Egypt’s FM in Rome to attend meeting to fight Islamic State

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Jun 2021

The Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS will tackle the threat of ISIS in Africa

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. AFP

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is heading to Rome to take part in the Ministerial Meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

The meeting of the alliance against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organisation is being held on Monday with the participation of delegates from over 80 countries, including the foreign ministers of the coalition members.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will co-chair the meeting that will be attended by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell. A number of representatives from African countries were invited as observers to the event that will tackle the threat of ISIS in Africa.

“We will analyse strategies to counter terrorism in high-risk areas, such as the Syria-Iraq region and the Sahel region in Africa. Stabilising these territories will also allow us to stop illegal migration flows to Italy and, hence, to the rest of Europe,” Italy's Di Maio wrote on Facebook.

Shoukry is also set to take part in a meeting chaired by the US state secretary on Syria on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting. "Shoukry will assert Egypt's firm stance towards reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Hafez said on Sunday.

The Global Coalition against ISIS was formed in September 2014 to dismantle the group's networks and economic infrastructure, prevent the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders, and support the stability and restoration of essential public services of areas liberated from ISIS. 

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